THE THREE DAMSELS: Emmanuel Taku; signed and dated “Taku 2021” lower right, acrylic and collage on canvas; 78 7/8 x 78 3/4 in. (200.5 x 200 cm); Executed in 2021. Private collection.

Lot # 18, Philips 20th century and contemporary art evening sale, May 18.

Presale Estimate; USD 50,000 – 70,000.

EXCERPT FROM AUCTION CATALOG – Statement from Emmanuel Taku.

“In capturing the layered essence of the Black bodies in my work, I seek to capture a sense of balance and conflict within a single entity captured as a demi-god. 

I have always looked to push the boundaries of representation and I believe it is important to celebrate the complexity of existence.

…..There is an adage in my language that says, ‘If one person stands, he is defeated easily. But if they are two or more, they are able to defeat whatever is attacking them.’ 

That is why most of the time you don’t see any gaps or space between [my subjects].

…….My work reflects my love for textiles with a silk-screening approach and my commitment to capturing black bodies in the abstract – one as reflection of the other.

…..I remember watching Man of Steel and Superman, and when they get to that level of power, their pupils vanish and they have white eyes. 

To me, it signifies strength.”

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